Book One: Chapter 1, Two Shabby Figures
• While out walking and reading, Mary Russell literally stumbles over Sherlock Holmes.
• It is 1915, and Mary is fifteen years old.
• Mary seems sassy and argumentative, but Holmes realizes that is only a facade.
• She intrigues him, and he believes that he may have finally found the apprentice he never thought he would be able to find.
• Mary is someone who can challenge and understand his analytical mind.
• Holmes has retired to Sussex Downs and become a cocaine addict.
• Holmes takes Mary to his house where his housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, prepares tea and sets out plates of bread, cheese, relishes, and cakes.
• After eating, Holmes and Mary use deduction and common sense to tell each others biographies.
• Holmes amazes Mary with his analysis of her background, and then she surprises him with her analysis of him.
• Mary leads a solitary life, and she...
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